After a week or so of The Bucket, I introduce The Hand. This helps them get used to your hands being around their heads and eyes. Unfortunately this hasn't worked so well with the children (lots of sudden movements) so I am back on halter training duty...
People talk about how children change your life for the better. One of the unexpected benefits for me of motherhood has been beach buckets. Beach buckets are the business for halter training. As soon as they are weaned (the pacas not the children), I start putting paca nuts out for them in these buckets. Luckily we have ten of them. It can take a few days for the weaners to get a taste for the nuts. When they do, by eating out of a bucket they are getting used to putting thei
The other half has been doing the halter training for the last few years as I have been preoccupied with my own breeding and weaning. However his technique has been by necessity short and sharp. Halter on, lead on, dragged around the drive. Not very Marty McGee.
So I am back in the saddle trying to recall in my child-rearing addled brain how I used to do it. It was based on the combined knowledge gleaned from a few workshops that I attended, a Marty McGee book and a magazin
Princesses Jasmine, Aurora, Tiana, Belle, Ariel and Rapunzel plus Felix, Romeo and Jackson make up the first lot of weaners for 2014.
I do not have a weird Disney-obsession. Rather I have two pre-schoolers who this year named all the girls after Disney princesses and all the boys after kids in their kindie class. Yes they do go to kindie with a boy called Romeo. Prior to having children we named them after significant events that happened on the dates of birth...Wahine (fer
Deep in the New Zealand bush, we follow the lives of twelve alpacas as they undertake their intrepid, often perilous journey through adolescence to adult hood. Who will survive? Who will fall? Who will be crowned king (or at least get a ribbon at a show?) Using previously unseen footage of the intimate lives of alpacas and alpaca breeders we will connect with these curious creatures and their majestic charges.
What could lie ahead for these exquisite beasts? For a few there